After an unlikely and inspirational 2016 AFL Premiership victory, the Western Bulldogs soon fell back into old habits.
With a significant portion of their flag-winning side either retiring or moving elsewhere over the next two years, the Dogs missed the finals in 2017 and slipped even further to finish 13th in 2018.
Things are looking up again for Luke Beveridge and his charges, however, and there is a sense of optimism around the Kennel after consecutive top-eight finishes in 2019 and 2020.
What does the season ahead hold for the 2016 premiers? Let’s take a look at the latest AFL odds and futures markets for the upcoming season.
About the Western Bulldogs
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||2 – 1954, 2016|
|2020 ladder finish:||7th (10-7)|
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Updated Western Bulldogs futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$11||$3.25||M Bontempelli $11||J Ugle-Hagan $7||A Naughton $41|
|Apr||$9||$2.75||M Bontempelli $9||J Ugle-Hagan $15||J Bruce $15|
|May||$5.50||$1.60||M Bontempelli $6.50||J Ugle-Hagan $21||J Bruce $26|
|Jun||$5.50||$1.30||M Bontempelli $4.50||C Weightman $29||A Naughton $12|
|Jul||$4.50||$1.05||M Bontempelli $2.50||C Weightman $18||J Bruce $12|
Best Western Bulldogs bets for the 2021 AFL season
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- After two seasons finishing in the bottom half of the top eight, can the Western Bulldogs take the step up in 2021 and push for the flag? No team can match them for midfield depth, and that alone could be enough to catapult the Dogs into the premiership race this season.
- The Dogs look to be on an upward trajectory, so one would have to think they are a chance to crack into the top four in 2021. If they produce something like their best footy most weeks, the Dogs can do enough to knock one of Port Adelaide, Richmond, Geelong and Brisbane out of the upper bracket.
- Marcus Bontempelli wasn’t at his absolute best in 2020, but the Bulldogs captain is always in the Brownlow Medal conversation. Jack Macrae is as consistent as they come and could go close if the Dogs have a good year, while Josh Dunkley is sure to be in the mix as well if he can put together an injury-free campaign.
- There are a couple of Dogs among the top dozen or so contenders for the AFL Rising Star this season. Cody Weightman is a promising small forward who is still eligible after playing only a few games last year, while no.1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is considered a red-hot chance if he can carve out a spot in the best 22.
Bulldogs players to watch in 2021
Aaron Naughton came into the 2020 season with huge expectations on him, but he failed to live up to the hype he had cultivated with his athletic, high-flying displays the year before. The West Australian is only a young pup, however, and will only get better with age.
Bailey Dale has been something of a fix-it man during his six seasons with the Dogs, showing great ability without ever nailing down a regular spot. He is tipped for a move to the half-back line in 2021, and that should give him the perfect platform to display his terrific passing range by foot.
Not unlike Dale, Josh Dunkley has been the victim of his own versatility in recent times. He has had stints as a forward and even as a second ruckman, but we all know that this guy is one of the competition’s best ball-winners. Will Dunkley see much time in the middle now that Adam Treloar is also in the mix?
Western Bulldogs records
Most matches: Brad Johnson – 364 (1994-2010)
Most goals kicked in one match: Kelvin Templeton – 15
Most Best & Fairest awards: Scott West – seven
Most goals in a season: Kelvin Templeton – 118
Most career goals: Simon Beasley – 575